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Iconyx Makes Things Clear for MannKind Pharmaceuticals

 

Danbury, CA – July 2013… Besides their corporate headquarters in southern California, MannKind Pharmaceuticals maintains two other campuses, including their technical operations team, located in Danbury, CT. It’s a busy campus, hosting several hundred employees involved in the company’s manufacturing, engineering, and quality assurance divisions. 

The campus’  central meeting point is a large, multipurpose room used for everything from lunches to corporate meetings and all types of presentations. It’s a bright, airy, and welcoming space, but as Richard Trombitas of New York-based Cardone, Solomon and Associates explains, the room has long been an acoustical challenge. 

“It’s a really nice looking space, but not great for spoken word intelligibility,” says Trombitas. “It’s got a fairly high ceiling, a wall of windows, and lots of reflective surfaces.” Colortone AV’s Joe Lemischak adds, “they had an old distributed system that had probably been installed when the room was built.”

According to Traci Centofanti, Mannkind’s Director of Information Technology, the room has long been problematic. “The system that was in here originally never quite did what it was intended to do,” Centofonti says. “The coverage was very spotty – some places in the room sounded okay, but if you moved a few feet over, you could barely make out what the presenter was saying.”

The solution was easily realized with a single pair of Renkus-Heinz Iconyx digitally steered array loudspeakers. Dual ICX7-II stacks on either side of one wall can easily provide even coverage all the way to the back of the room. 

“We had the columns custom-painted in metallic gray to match the room,” says Lemischak. “You can barely see them.” Custom mounts were designed to integrate the columns with the room’s existing structure.

Centofanti says the improvement was immediate and dramatic. “We’ve had numerous comments from people about the difference in the way things sound in there now,” she observes. “People are more involved and more attentive in presentations – they can finally hear what’s being said.” 

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

University of Wisconsin’s Schofield Auditorium Gets Next Gen IC Live

 

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Eau Claire, WI... UW-Eau Claire’s oldest building, the stately brick façade of Schofield Hall dates back to the beginnings of this storied campus in 1916. In addition to the University’s main administration offices, the building is home to the Schofield Auditorium, a 600-seat multi-purpose venue that was recently treated to a complete renovation, from new seating and décor to modern, high-performance audio and video systems. 

“The room is primarily used for lectures, guest speakers and small group performances, and our primary focus was on achieving superior intelligibility,” explains Nancy Carlson of Audio Architects in Chippewa Falls. “But there are also a number of smaller musical groups and other performances in there, and we wanted to design a system that would be flexible enough to adapt to a wide range of programs and performances.”

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The system includes one of the first installations of the new generation of Iconyx IC Live digitally steered column arrays. As Carlson explains, the hall’s new architectural design enabled the two ICL-FR-TRIP columns to be completely concealed.

“They wanted a classic look, much like when the auditorium was built in 1916, and they didn’t necessarily want to see the speakers,” Carlson says. “They had designed some decorative columns on either side of the proscenium, which provided us with a perfect location for the Iconyx columns.” Four DR18-2R dual 18-inch powered subwoofers are also concealed in cavities in the front wall. “We had to have a general contractor reinforce the platforms, but we were able to hang a sound-transparent panel in front of them, making them equally unseen,” Carlson adds.

The audio system also includes a large-format Yamaha M7CL 48-channel digital console at Front of House. “We provided inputs at several different points in the room, and on stage, all wired back to the FOH console,” says Carlson. A Biamp AudiaFLEX CM unit handles system DSP. 

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Carlson says the IC Live’s steered beam technology provided an ideal solution for one of the room’s biggest challenges.”We needed to find a way to provide sound to the under-balcony seating, which was only about seven feet from floor to ceiling, while also providing even coverage to the upper balcony area. The Iconyx enabled us to direct individual sound beams both above and below the balcony, giving us consistent and even coverage to every seat in the house, without the need for under-balcony fills.” 

 

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

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Chaminade Prep Graduates to Great Sound with Iconyx

Chatsworth, CA – March 2013When Chaminade High School for Boys opened its doors in 1952, it was housed in a converted military academy in Los Angeles that played host to 114 students. Since then, the school (now co-ed and known as Chaminade College Preparatory School) has expanded to include middle and high schools on two campuses in the Los Angeles suburbs of Chatsworth and West Hills. The school’s notable alumni include Academy Award-winning cinematographer John Longnecker, keyboardist David Paich, and comedian Gallagher.

The Chatsworth campus hosts the high school, which has recently added the Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts, a high tech 600 seat auditorium and performance space equipped with distributed video in the lobby areas, and a full theatrical sound reinforcement system featuring Renkus-Heinz Iconyx digitally steered loudspeaker arrays.

The system employs two Iconyx ICLive DUAL columns, utilizing triple HF coaxial transducers, one on each side of the stage. As Art Rautenberg of JK Design Group in nearby North Hills, California explains, the Iconyx columns were selected both for their control and their form factor.

“The side walls are all brick, and the room is pretty reflective, and we were concerned about the acoustics,” says Rautenberg. “The Iconyx enabled us to steer the sound and direct it away from the walls and reflective surfaces and into the seating area.”

The Iconyx columns’ slim profile was an ideal fit for the space as well, Rautenberg observes. “The architect had left us very little space to mount the loudspeakers,” he says. “We basically had a small alcove on either side of the stage that wasn’t very wide. So the Iconyx columns are set back a bit into the alcove areas.” The installation, performed by Audio Video Design Build Group (AVDB), also includes a Yamaha M7CL console installed at Front of House. 

“The Iconyx really was the ideal solution for this particular challenge,” Rautenberg concludes. “They’ve got incredible frequency response and tight control over the sound beams. They sound great on the orchestral stuff and great for theater and spoken word programs. They really fit the application perfectly.

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

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First Presbyterian Is Covered by Iconyx

Tyler, TX, July 2013….  The majestic white columns and stately brick edifice of First Presbyterian Church have welcomed generations of worshipers in this east Texas town for nearly a century. Recently the church’s much-beloved 650-seat sanctuary underwent a major makeover that included new seating and décor, and a new sound system based around the Renkus-Heinz Iconyx digitally steered column array loudspeakers.

“It’s a beautiful, traditional, high-ceilinged space, and spoken word intelligibility has always been a bit of a challenge,” explains Derek Anderson of Longview, TX-based Sound Logic Integrations. As Anderson observes, until recently the technology didn’t exist to address the issues. “They put in a fairly elaborate system around ten years ago, and even though it was state-of-the-art for the time, it never really solved the problem.”

Acoustical design firm Kirkegaard Associates of Chicago were brought in to design a new system for the room. “Aesthetics was a big concern,” says Anderson. “The previous system clashed badly with the room’s architecture, and they were determined to avoid that mistake again.”

More than a dozen speakers in the previous system were replaced by a single pair of Iconyx IC24-R-II columns on either side of the proscenium. “The room is fairly deep, and we chose the IC24 because it gave us excellent control over directivity,” says Anderson. “We were really able to steer the sound to cover only the seating areas, without hitting the walls and floors and other reflective surfaces.”

Installation of the Iconyx system was simple and straightforward, a tremendous asset considering the tight schedule. “We had a window of only a few weeks to install the system, so we were quite happy with how easy it all went in,” says Anderson. “We finished literally only a few hours before the first service.”

Anderson says the IC24′s low profile certainly met the aesthetics challenge head-on. “The day we were finishing up the install, some of the church elders walked in and asked me where we were going to hang the speakers,” he reports. “They didn’t even see them until I pointed them out.”

Of course, the true test is in the sound, and the Iconyx has scored high marks there as well. “Everyone has been very happy with the results,” says Anderson. “They went from using more than thirty hearing assist systems to using about five or six.”

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems. 

Greater Faith Gets Varia

Indiana Church is Home to One of the First Varia Systems in the US

New Albany, IN… The Church of the Greater Faith is an active and forward-thinking Pentecostal congregation that has been growing by leaps and bounds, thanks in no small part to their contemporary approach to worship. Indeed, Greater Faith’s rapid growth has been a source of both joy and challenges, and as their numbers have swelled, their modest 700-seat sanctuary now hosts two Sunday morning services, with a third service added in the afternoon.

The peaked, metal A-frame structure has long suffered from challenging acoustics, and as Jason Ryder, General Manager of Lake Charles, LA-based Porche Advance Systems explains, efforts over the years to improve the situation have only made things worse.

“Their original system was poorly designed and underpowered to begin with, and they spent the next 11 years trying to fix it,” says Ryder. “The end result was a patchwork of mis-wired, out-of-phase components, and a room with dead spots and really poor, uneven coverage everywhere.”

“They knew they ultimately needed to replace the entire system, but they had been reluctant to do so because they were looking at moving to a larger venue within the next couple of years,” adds owner Jacob Porche. “But with Varia, we were able to design an expandable, flexible system that would work for them now, and become part of their new system later. When they build the new sanctuary, these three cabinets will become the bottom three cabinets in a larger, eight-cabinet array. The fact that this was an investment that could grow with them was a huge plus.”

The new system comprises left and right arrays, each with three Varia cabinets. “The top box has a 90 by 7 degree horn pattern, the middle cabinet has the transitional horn that goes from 90 to 120 degrees wide by 15 degrees vertical, and the bottom unit covers 22 degrees vertical by 120 degrees wide,” says Porche. “That tapered approach enabled us to cover the entire space without resorting to EQ and processing, and to achieve a remarkably flat response from left to right. There is not a single dead spot in the entire sanctuary now.”

Ryder says the congregation’s response to the new system has been unmistakable. “They were all singing louder and moving with the music – the energy level in the room was fantastic.” And the message is getting across now too. “One of the church’s board members came up to me after a service to thank me,” adds Porche. “He said it was the first time he’d ever been able to hear every word of the sermon, and every instrument in the band.”

“With Varia, Renkus-Heinz has developed a system that can truly adapt to any environment,” Porche concludes. “The system’s variable coverage means it can work in any room, and its modular, expandable design means that the system will not become obsolete once the church moves to larger quarters.”

Renkus-Heinz Appoints Scott Leslie to President’s Post

Foothill Ranch, CA, January 2013… Renkus-Heinz is pleased to announce the appointment of Scott Leslie to the position of President.

Leslie comes to Renkus-Heinz from JBL Professional, where he served as Vice President of Engineering. His deep industry background includes stints at a wide range of technology leaders including Sun Microsystems, Tektronix, and Altec Lansing. Leslie is also founder of Evidant Corporation, providers of Business Intelligence for IT solutions, where he has held executive level positions since 2002.

Leslie joins Renkus-Heinz as the company is experiencing unprecedented growth. Despite the economic downturn, Renkus-Heinz has seen a substantial surge in sales and has significantly grown its engineering staff. Leslie’s new position will see him spearheading the company’s continued expansion, working closely with company founder and Chairman Harro Heinz.

“Scott brings with him a wealth of experience in business and marketing, combined with a deep understanding of today’s complex technologies,” said Harro Heinz. “He is the ideal person to assume this position at a very exciting time for us.”

“Renkus-Heinz is one of our industry’s legendary success stories, built on innovation and great leadership,” added Leslie. “My new position represents the opportunity to bring together everything I’ve learned throughout my career, to bring Renkus-Heinz to an even greater level of success.”

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

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New Renkus-Heinz Distributor for France Announced

Bernay-Vilbert, France – December 2012… Renkus-Heinz is delighted to announce the appointment of a new distributor for France, signing an agreement with leading French distribution company SoundCo to handle the distribution of Renkus-Heinz products for the French market. They will also cover the North Africa countries Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, on a non-exclusive basis.

With offices in the Paris suburb and a sales agent team, SoundCo offers its customers support throughout the country.

The company works in all of the entertainment technology sectors including the live sound / PA rental market, the MI market (including both online and retail outlets), installation and system integration companies and the broadcast industry, and more besides.

Another string to the company’s bow is the direct import and distribution of pro audio products. SoundCo is the exclusive distributor for France for Lewitt Microphones GmbH, ESI Audio GmbH, M Pro Audio, Violet Audio and DVK Technologies.

Its customers include rental and service providers in the performing arts, corporate and events sectors; integrators and installers; recording studios; broadcast; distributors (direct sales stores and online) and specifiers and end users including engineers and sound technicians, set designers and stage managers.

SoundCo’s key people are Martin Broucqsault, who holds a postgraduate degree in Marketing Management from top business school ESDES Lyon, and a former sales agent for SCV Audio (Harman Pro French distributor) and EVI Audio, dealing with Electro-Voice, Dynacord, Midas and Klark-Teknik. He has strong experience with PA and rental companies and his combined skills provide marketing and sales strategies for the different markets of the pro audio business.

Jérôme Hardy holds a graduate degree in Electronics Applications. A former sales agent for CINECO, the French distributor for Shure, APEX, Symetrix, Celestion and QSC, and SCV Audio, French distributor for the Harman Pro Group with brands JBL, Crown, Soundcraft, AKG, BSS, DBX and Native Instruments, Merging, NTI and more, and was product manager for Audio-Technica.

Håkan Sjöö, Renkus-Heinz European Sales Manager, commented: “We are really delighted to have secured the services of SoundCo. We believe their deep knowledge of the French market, their enthusiasm and their broad customer base will strengthen the Renkus-Heinz brand in the country and enable us to grow into new markets.”

(Photo: Jérôme Hardy and Martin Broucqsault of SoundCo (left) with Ralph Heinz and Håkan Sjoo of Renkus-Heinz) – click for hi-res image

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

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Iconyx Delivers for the Daily Planet

Overcoming a Towering Acoustical Challenge at  North Carolina’s Museum of Natural Science

Raleigh, NC, December 2012.… Already one of the largest facilities of its kind, Raleigh’s Museum of Natural Sciences recently completed work on an impressive new addition: the 80,000 square foot Nature Research Center (NRC). Featuring state-of-the-art labs, research opportunities, and numerous interactive exhibits, the crown jewel of the new NRC wing is surely the SECU Daily Planet, an intensely immersive, three-story multimedia space that engages visitors with a flurry of sight and sound, while offering a powerful message about the wonders of science in our daily lives.

Designed to facilitate both pre-recorded and live content, the Daily Planet’s massive, three-story visual display runs continually-projecting a variety of poetic and informational content to excite the senses. A small stage at ground level also allows for occasional live presentations. The entire Daily Planet exhibit resides in a massive, dome-shaped room with two balcony levels extending seven feet into its center. The three-level design allows visitors to choose from three unique vantage points as they take in any of up to 50 powerful presentations that run throughout the day.

With its unique ellipsoidal shape and vantage points from a main level and two balconies, delivering impactful and immersive audio consistently to all three levels presented numerous obstacles. Rising to the challenge were AV integrators Electrosonic, in partnership with Milford, CT-based SH Acoustics, who created a system centered around Renkus-Heinz’s Iconyx series steerable column arrays.

“Unlike similar spaces – for example, an Omnimax Theater – the Daily Planet needed to accommodate a variety of different formats, including lectures and live performances,” explained Steve Haas, Founder and President of SH Acoustics. “The room’s unique design and its numerous reflective elements created some unique challenges right from the beginning. We knew we couldn’t simply apply tons of sound-absorptive materials because deadening the room too much wouldn’t work well for lectures.”

As Haas observes, the Iconyx steerable beam technology would allow them to more effectively direct the output and avoid unwanted reflections, while at the same time addressing the unique acoustic requirements at all three levels.

The complete Renkus-Heinz loudspeaker complement includes eight Iconyx IC8-R-II steerable arrays for mains, augmented by ten SG61-2R powered two-way systems for surround, with three PN112SUB 12-inch powered subwoofers providing powerful low-end reinforcement.”We decided very early that we wanted to create three different audio experiences on each of the three levels,” explained Haas. “In addition, each level needed to be surround sound, and most importantly, needed to ensure minimal interaction between adjacent levels and the rest of the room. This is where the Iconyx system was a no-brainer.”

Haas elaborates, “The first and second levels each include left, center, and right, as well as four surrounds. On the third level the dome is much tighter, so we opted for just left and right with two surrounds. For low frequencies, we placed all three subwoofers on the second level. There simply wasn’t enough room for discreet subs on each level, so we configured each one as the point sources for the adjacent levels, and delayed the LF signal appropriately from the first level, second level and third level. It actually worked quite well.”

Once installed, Haas and his team were able to take full advantage of the Iconyx system’s beam steering capabilities to dial in the perfect output at the ground floor and both balconies.

“We needed to make sure that we had a very tight pattern-at least vertically-so that the experiences at each level did not interact with each other in any appreciable way.” Haas explains. “We were able to get the second and third levels sounding fantastic with little difficulty. The first level was a bit more challenging, but the Iconyx beam steering, combined, with the careful addition of diffusion materials, made all the difference.”

After the system was configured, Haas worked with the museum production staff to save a number of unique output presets that could be easily retrieved to accommodate different program types.

“There are several different modes including a presentation mode and a media mode,” says Haas. “We even gave the producers the opportunity to have a secondary beam from some of the upper arrays-like from the second level down to the first level-in case they wanted a spot effect or some other secondary sound source.”

In the end the results speak for themselves. The new NRC wing and Daily Planet exhibits are big hits with museum attendees and management alike. And for Haas, this is yet another seemingly impossible acoustic challenge conquered through a synergy of great technology, real-world know how and savvy partnerships.

Haas sums it up: “We like challenges, and we have a very long history of working successfully with Electrosonic on unique projects like this. We absolutely love coming up with unique solutions, and as a technology partner, Renkus-Heinz has always been there with fantastic tools. They’re just great to work with.”

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Iconyx Delivers a Top-Down Approach for Two Aquatic Centers

chilliwack renkus heinzChilliwack, BC, Canada – For an audio professional, creating a sound system for a large aquatic center is not a simple task. The combination of high walls, corrugated metal roofs, and an abundance of concrete, glass, and water makes for an acoustical environment that is far from pretty, even before it’s packed with noisy revelers.

Rising to the challenge was Chilliwack-based Go Audio, the company behind the audio installations at both Cheam Leisure Centre and cross-town neighbor Chilliwack Landing Leisure Centre. Both projects employed a very novel design approach featuring the Renkus-Heinz Iconyx digitally steered array.

Unlike most applications where the steered array is used as a vertical column line array, the approach at the aquatic centers involved suspending the Iconyx from the roof overhead, and steering the beams to focus the sound away from the walls and other highly reflective surfaces.

The Cheam project came first. Go Audio’s Mike Evans called Fred Gilpin of Renkus-Heinz distributor Contact Distribution, and asked him to have a look at the project. “We’ve worked with Fred on other projects, including a church in Vancouver that had very challenging acoustics,” says Evans. “We installed Iconyx IC16 and IC8 there and it worked great, so we were confident that Iconyx would be the best choice.”

The Cheam system includes six IC7-WR powered column arrays, with a Rane processor handling system DSP. “Because of the Iconyx’s very narrow vertical dispersion, we positioned four IC7’s horizontally over the outer walkway, aimed slightly inward,” Evans explains. “We were able to keep the sound completely off the walls and cover just the walkway and a bit of the pool. Two more IC7’s suspended at 45 degrees cover the water with minimal overlap. The coverage is seamless wherever you are, with no need for delays.”

Based on the success of the Cheam project, Go Audio was called back to revamp the audio system at Chilliwack Landing. “That project was a bit more challenging,” says Evans. “The space is configured a bit differently, and there was some ductwork we had to work around as well. We ended up using a total of ten Iconyx boxes to cover everything.” With an existing rack of Crown CTi-series amplifiers and wiring already in place, the decision was made to go with unpowered ICX7-WR units.

Evans reports that management and patrons alike at both venues have been very pleased with the results. “The primary objective was spoken word intelligibility for safety announcements and such,” he says. “But the Iconyx has been great for background music as well. Typically in this sort of environment, it’s just too reverberant to run background music at the levels necessary to overcome the ambient noise. But with the Iconyx, the music is exceptionally articulate, even at lower levels.”

Evans concludes, “I was amazed the first time I stepped out of an Iconyx steered beam and immediately recognized how useful this speaker system would be! It’s very gratifying hearing the clarity Iconyx delivers in these challenging environments.”

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems. 

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New Sound System is Music to Sisters’ Ears

Renowned Domed Chapel Gets Major Upgrade

Sinsinawa, WI – November 2012…  Sinsinawa is said to be a Native American term for “rattlesnake,” or “home of the young eagle.” But Sinsinawa Mound, Wisconsin is better known as the home of the Congregation of Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters. Since 1847, more than 3,200 women have ascended the “Hill of Grace” to take their vows as Sinsinawa Dominicans. Today the village is still home to their worldwide headquarters, including more than 600 current and retired sisters of the Order.

In 1964 the campus, with its 1850s-vintage fort, was expanded with the construction of an 800-seat crown chapel, replete with massive 45-foot dome and transept wings. The building’s marble and plaster interior creates an acoustical environment that works magnificently to enhance the Order’s celebrated pipe organ. But as their needs have changed over time, those same acoustics have created a whole new set of challenges.

“It’s a beautiful facility that has always been renowned for its musical acoustics,” explains Scott Wright, President of Platteville, WI-based Lifeline Audio Video Technologies. “But in today’s world they’re using it more and more often for spoken word and piano-vocal recitals, and it simply wasn’t designed for that.”

“It’s a very large room, with a reverb time of more than four seconds,” adds Lifeline VP Mike Mair, “and as they’ve been doing more spoken word and piano-oriented services, vocal intelligibility has become more of an issue.”

To be fair, the room was not completely without sound reinforcement. But the original decades-old speaker system had never been adequate for the space. “The reverb time was markedly longer in the middle of the room, where the dome is higher,” Mair explains, “and as a result many of the sisters were seating themselves around the edges near the transepts, where they could hear a bit better, and leaving the center of the room pretty much empty.”

sinsinawa“They had talked to many contractors over the years in an attempt to find a solution, and everyone wanted to convince them to hang large speaker clusters and treat the room acoustically,” says Wright. “That just wasn’t going to happen. This is not your typical 1000-seat church – it’s a very special, very unique environment. Altering the aesthetics of the place was not open to discussion. It’s a beautiful, majestic space, and there’s simply no way you could hang a cluster of loudspeakers from this ceiling. From a structural perspective, it would have been problematic, to say the least. But beyond that, there’s simply no way they would have allowed it.”

One of the biggest challenges in designing an audio system for the space was the need to retain the room’s reverberant character. Acoustical treatment was simply not an option. “People from all over the world come to play organ recitals in this hall, and they were not willing to compromise the room’s acoustics as an organ recital facility,” says Wright. “But the majority of daily use for the space is really spoken word, and some choral singing with piano and organ. So we needed a very controllable, highly intelligible system that would address the room’s reverb issues without altering its character. The bottom line was, if we were going to achieve any intelligibility in that space at all, we had to control where the sound went.”

Lifeline’s solution was a simple and elegant one – a pair of Renkus-Heinz Iconyx IC24-R digitally steerable array loudspeaker systems. The Iconyx arrays, mounted on either side of the altar, addressed virtually all of the chapel’s long-standing issues.

“We’ve used Iconyx in a number of previous projects, and have always been successful with them,” Wright says. “They are without a doubt our choice for a steerable array, and we feel they are the best one on the market.”

A demo was arranged via Carl Schwartz of rep firm Frequency Sales. “We arranged a demo for about 70 people,” says Wright. “They were definitely skeptical, since they’ve tried so many systems over the years. But we’ve done a few projects with them in the past, and the results have always been successful, so they trusted us.”

“We just plugged a mic directly into the Iconyx, with flat EQ,” says Mair. “The results were remarkable. You could see eyes popping open all over the room. They were just astounded.”

“I got up at the lectern and read a few things, and they still couldn’t believe what they were hearing,” says Wright. “At first, several of the sisters were saying, ‘oh, it’s just because he’s got a very booming, male voice.’ So we had Sister Priscilla Wood get up and do a reading, and they all said, ‘yes! That’s what she sounds like.’ After that, the next question was whether we could we get it installed by Thursday.”

A Biamp Nexia presentation mixer provides microphone inputs for their wireless, pulpit and choir mics. “They’re very happy with the simplicity of the system,” says Mair. “It’s very easy for them to run.”

“They had waited many, many years to find the right solution,” says Wright. “Essentially, they waited until technology caught up with their needs. Finally, with Iconyx, we found a solution that really worked for them. They weren’t looking for a minor improvement; they were looking for a night-and-day difference. And that’s exactly what they got.”

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

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